Aksumites have been living in the shadow of the Empire State Building for nearly four centuries, and the city is celebrating the opening of its newest attraction with a celebration of the building’s design.
Aksum was built in the late 19th century and is designed by architect Richard G. Aksuma, whose design includes a central staircase with a spiral staircase, which leads to the roof.
A roof garden, with a series of glass-and-steel arches, also serves as a focal point of the structure.
The Aksums, who hail from the village of Tabora, have been moving into their new home since the early 2020s, but it hasn’t been without controversy.
Critics and residents have complained that the building is too large, that its windows are too narrow, that it’s too tall, and that it lacks enough parking spaces for its residents.
A spokesperson for the city of Los Angeles said in a statement that it was not a decision made lightly.
“This project is a celebration not only of the Aksummites and their history, but also of the history of Los Feliz,” the statement said.
“Aksums is the first and largest urban building in the world designed by a Japanese architect.
In our history, Japanese architects have played a role in shaping Los Angeles and the rest of the world.”
Aksuma was a prominent architect in the 1920s and 30s who designed the Grand Hyatt in New York and the Metropolitan Opera House in New Orleans, among other buildings.
He also designed the Chrysler Building in Detroit.